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How to Teach Your Kids to Garden

Teach your children to grow their own food and flowers.When gardening with kids, you’ll need to provide suitable equipment for them to use.They need to have their own smaller sturdy tools to suit their size and strength. Ensure that all gardening tools are safely stored when not in use so they last longer.

Start Small

The key to a successful first garden is to keep it manageable. Begin by growing plants indoorsin plastic containers. Give each child their own, and let them pick a flower or vegetable. When you’re ready to take your skills outside, try a 1½ or three-square-metre plot. Ensuring your property is safe for children to garden in is essential. This means fences and gates are secure, and that paths won’t cause trips and falls.

Establish a Routine

A garden won’t care for itself. Beds and containers need regular watering. Potted gardens may need a daily drink, while in-ground crops need about 2½ centimetres of water a week. Set aside time every day after breakfast. The plants will have plenty of moisture before the day heats up.t is generally best to avoid growing poisonous or dangerous plants in your garden until your child is old enough to learn not to eat strange plants.

Make it Fun

A theme garden will capture a child’s imagination. Consider a pizza pot with kid-friendly cherry tomatoes, basil and sweet peppers. Or help your kids grow their own toys by planting Tennessee Dancing Gourds-excellent substitutes for spinning tops.

Starter Plants

Children aren’t known for their patience. To keep them interested in the garden, stick to flowers and vegetables that are low maintenance and quick to grow.

For flower children…
– Cosmos
– Zinnias
– Sunflowers
– Nasturtiums

For budding foodies…
– Leaf lettuce
– Radishes
– Bush beans
– Peas

Garden Activities for Kids

Depending on the age of your kids they will most likely enjoy different activities in the garden. Very young children will need more supervision than older children, but they can still water plants, pick produce and plant seeds. Older kids will be able to do more heavy work such as re-planting, potting, weeding, pruning, composting and digging. If you have a veggie garden or fruit trees then involving kids in the harvesting and cooking is a great way to teach them about sustainability and the seed to table process.

Kid-friendly Environment

Ensuring your property is safe for children to garden in is essential. This means fences and gates are secure, and that paths won’t cause trips and falls. Leaving buckets of water around if you have very young children and toddlers is a no-no. You should always keep sprays and fertilizers out of reach. Ideally, you shouldn’t use chemicals and garden organically whenever possible.

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